Product Type: Lurpak Spread
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Lurpak Slightly Salted Spreadable
Member Name: mjc121
Lurpak Slightly Salted Spreadable
Advantages: spreads more easily
Disadvantages: not as good taste wise as proper butter
Now we all know that too much fat is bad for you especially saturated fat. Then again there is a constant debate over which is actually better for you, butter or the chemically produced laboratory invented and chemically messed around with 'margarine' (you can probably guess which one I favour).
Now I only tend to use butter on toast and things like scones and toasted tea cakes etc. This is not to limit my fat intake it's because I just hate the lumps of unspreadable butter I get after trying to use it directly from the fridge on my sandwiches. Ok I know I don't need to keep it in the fridge in the winter but in summer, unless you want a sloppy oily mess you tend to have to.
Anyway to try to get back to the point I was up north visiting my parents over Christmas and my mum who only buys butter when my brother or I are visiting. This time she had accidentally bought Lurpak spreadable. This is something I have never before wanted to try but I still gave it a go as getting to the shops with all the snow wasn't going to be easy.
This item cost £2.80 for a 500g tub when my mum bought it. As I believe butter (like all basic foods) is exempt from VAT the price should not have changed from this increase.
What I thought of it.
Well it did not really spread directly from the fridge but it was easier than proper butter and it certainly becomes easily spreadable far quicker than normal butter does. The pale yellow colour was a bit off putting as Lurpak tends to be whiter in colour. There is also a slightly greasy look to this product as it warms up. This is owing to the vegetable fat slightly demulsifying from the rest of the product. This is something which could never be left out of the fridge in the summer or you would end up with a pot of oil.
The taste was certainly buttery but not really the taste one gets from the regular stuff. Lurpak tends to be my usual butter as I like the soft slightly milky creaminess of it. This was slightly lacking here. Yes it did taste of butter and not that awful half fat butter muck that was all the rage a few years ago so it wasn't all bad in the taste department. The saltiness of the butter was instantly noticeable, however, this is mainly due to the fact I tend to buy unsalted butter at home and my taste buds are quite sensitive to salt. This is despite Lurpak having one of the lowest salt levels in the butter market.
There was, however, a bit of a cloying oily after taste of the vegetable oil with it which normal butter does not give. Also my lips felt a bit greasy after eating it. Again this is something I do not get with regular butter unless I am messy with it. I was slightly put off by this.
Still that was just on toast, dinner with jacket potatoes was a different somewhat unpleasant experience. Here after putting the butter onto the hot potato it sort of separated slightly and looked like it had split. This is something I have not seen with regular butter, yes this spreadable stuff was in date and it still tasted as like butter as it could but seeing the result made me not want to repeat this particular use of this product.
Whilst this does claim it is also suitable for baking I would not use it for this as I feel the salt content would get in the way of the taste of my cakes etc. As for frying I don't use butter as I feel this is a waste of butter. Butter also tends to burn if it gets too hot which is quite easy if frying with it. The addition of the vegetable oil in the product might help prevent this as you are advised to add this to butter if frying with it in any case.
Is it any 'better' for you?
Well as I have said earlier this is open to interpretation. However, the blending with the vegetable oil does have the benefit of lowering the level of saturated fat so I suppose there are some plus points. There are also no hydrogenated fats in this product so there is a low level of trans-fat as well.
Nutritional info per 10g serving
Energy - 298Kj / 72 kcal
Protein - 0.05g
Carbs - 0.06g (sugars 0.06g)
Fat - 8.0g (saturates 3.7g, monounst 2.8g)
Salt - 0.09g
In all this was a passable alternative to regular butter and being able to spread it much more easily was a big plus. There are, however, I feel a few too many negatives to this to replace my real full butter with this. Whether the unsalted alternative would be any better I don't know and I am not all that willing to try it any time soon.
As for the argument between butter and margarine I go for butter every time. Ok yes it is higher in saturated fat but at least the product is 100% natural. Also my gran used butter all her live and liked it so thick on her bread she could leave teeth marks in it and she lived till she was 92. If it was good enough for her then it's good enough for me.
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